:::: We met Ryan and Ashley when they moved in next door, or more literally, across the roof. They lived in the building in front of ours in Walker's Point, on the third floor, and our loft apartments were connected by a roof and set of rickety wooden stairs that offered a great view of downtown Milwaukee in one direction, and the Allen Bradley clock (or second moon) in the other.
We instantly liked them, and as we were discussing our wedding plans across the roof with them one night last summer, we discovered that they were planning on getting married at the same venue—the Wherehouse, close to where we lived on the industrial section of Lake Michigan across from Jones Island. The great thing about the Wherehouse is that it's cavernous, former factory interior is pretty much a blank slate for creative couples to bring their vision to. Ryan is a carpenter and Ashley has the best eye for everything vintage we know of (seriously, see her booth at Antiques on 2nd sometime), and after seeing what they did with their loft across the roof we began quietly hoping they'd ask us to shoot their wedding. And when they did, we grabbed drinks at the Bomb Shelter down the street, and left knowing the wedding was one to look forward to.
They filled the venue more spectacularly than we could have imagined. Taxidermy, parlor games, mismatched vintage plates, popcorn and cotton candy... so many beautiful people, and as handsome a couple as you'll ever see. It was a special day for us because it was the first time we returned to where we were married a year ago, but also because Ryan and Ashley made the day so special for everyone.
And after all the mushiness that just can't be avoided on wedding days was over, after all the tears and the long looks into the distance and the sweetness of friends and family gathering to specifically celebrate a couple's love, they brought out Call Me Lightning—one of the most rompinest, stompinest, let's-burn-this-motherfucker-to-the-ground rowdy rock bands Milwaukee has ever mustered. Champagne and flowers began making appearances in places they normally don't at weddings—pouring on stage, soaring through the air. And then, just to make everyone's brain melt a little bit more, and to prove that no one does it quite like Ryan and Ashley, Ashley got up on stage and did an unbelievable version of The Turtles' "So Happy Together" with the band, followed by one much more scream-filled song, and when she was done proceeded to dive off the stage (because who could fathom taking the stairs in such a situation) into the waiting hands of her guests. Un.Real!
We love these guys!